Lt. Craig Morrocco, 603-352-4022 or 603-352-9669
Conservation Officer David Walsh, 603-352-4022
Lt. Robert Bryant, 603-271-3127
July 6, 2010
Injured Massachusetts Teen Hiker Rescued on Mount Monadnock; Hiker Rescued in Warner
KEENE, N.H. – In the past day, Conservation Officers in southwestern New Hampshire have responded to two incidents involving lost or injured hikers.
Injured Massachusetts Teen Rescued: On July 5, 2010, at approximately 4:55 p.m., the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department received a call from Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), Division of Parks and Recreation Assistant Manager Susan Tirrell at Mount Monadonock in Jaffrey in reference to a young man who sustained a lower leg injury just below the summit while hiking the White Cross Trail. The victim, Ivan Seto, age 18, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, was out for a day hike on the mountain with a group of friends. The group had reached the summit and was descending on the White Dot trail when Seto suffered the leg injury. Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, DRED Park personnel, Upper Valley Search and Rescue team, Jaffrey Fire Department, and volunteers worked cooperatively to carry the victim down the mountain in the 90-plus degree heat and high humidity. The victim was carried to the trailhead and transported by ambulance to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough for treatment.
Hiker Rescue in Warner: Also last night (July 5, 2010), New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers conducted a search for a lost hiker in the Town of Warner. Officers were called to the area of Cunningham Pond in Warner, where 82-year-old Donald Smith of Dunbarton had set out for a hike alone earlier in the day. Smith was located by two Conservation Officers approximately two miles from his vehicle in a heavily wooded area around midnight. Smith had become disoriented and had made the decision to stay in one location and stop moving until help arrived. Aside from fatigue, he was uninjured. Conservation Officers pointed out that Smith's rescue was expedited by his decision to stay in one location, as well as the fact that he had left a map with his wife of the area he was going to hike. N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers would like to remind everyone to leave an itinerary with family or friends before setting out to hike. Hikers should also take into consideration their physical limitations during extreme weather conditions and are encouraged not to hike alone.
For further information on being safe while hiking or pursuing outdoor recreation and to learn the hiker responsibility code please visit www.hikesafe.com.
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